If Helen Morrison of the Sydney Transition House and other staff there could extend their arms and thanks, we’re sure they would do so to the 60 men, women and children who ran or walked for children of the shelter at Sunday’s Ugly Sweater Santa Shuffle.
Instead of paying a traditional race registration fee, members of the Cape Breton Road Runners, Cape Breton Barbarians and Framework Racing were asked to bring a toy suitable for a child aged from newborn to teen instead.
Organizers Wendy Martin of CBC Radio and Tera Camus of Framework’s received a warm embrace and multiple thanks at the shelter after delivering the dozens and dozens of toys there Monday.
They say charity begins at home and local area runners dug deep this weekend to provide hundreds of top quality gifts for children who need a little extra support this time of year.
Tetford and Brufatto win first Ugly Sweater fun run
MacIsaac takes top style points for most unfashionable Grinch
There were 60 runners fighting off the chill wearing their most un-fashionable sweaters and sweatshirts at the first Ugly Sweater Santa Shuffle in Sydney’s north end Sunday morning.
The usual (and somewhat unusual) assortment of Cape Breton Road Runners, Cape Breton Barbarians and Framework Racers were taking part in a fun run designed to generate toys for the children of Transition House. Instead of charging the regular registration fee, organizers Wendy Martin of CBC Radio and Tera Camus of Framework Cycle & Fitness asked all participants to bring toys suitable for children aged newborn to teen.
Joey Tetford, looking pretty strong but hideous in his chez-Christmas- sparkly-garland-designed sweater, was first to cross the finish line where the 5 km race began outside Governor’s Restaurant just over the 18 minute mark. Hot on his heels seconds later were Dean Simon and Herbie Sakalauskas. Those boys looked quite, um dashing. That vest may give us nightmares.
Glace Bay’s Judy Brufatto, decked out in her ever-so-stylish Christmas bells and toys, was not too far behind taking first place honors at the finish while Rebecca Walker and Erin Pyke-Forsey held hands and skipped across the finish laughing for second and third, respectively.
Top awards for most interesting, creative and/or down right ugly sweater, was Francis MacIsaac for his Grinch inspired ensamble that featured a stuffed toy grimacing Grinch at his neck that appeared to hold onto a team of reindeer on his chest. He won a free delicious brunch at Governor’s following the race.
There were many other fun, seriously ugly and interesting fashionistas who deserve special honorable mention, setting the standard to beat next Christmas, including: Joey Tetford (god what were you thinking), Julie Curwin (burn that outfit), Erin Neville (good gravy), Herbie Sakalauskas (we may never sleep again), and to Collette and Bill Smith of Glace Bay (fashionably funny). You can find these standouts in the photos below.
Loot collected from participants included everything from good ol’ cash, to stuffed bears and other animals, air hockey sets, baby dolls, Barbies, action jeeps and dinkies, many games like Monopoly, Cranium, Trouble, The Apprentice, as well as an assortment of Fisher Price toys, multiple Playskool toys like Form Fitters, Punching Bedbugs, a Furry Frenzies Stage set, coloring sets, painting sets, other dolls, and even a Spiderman doll and so much more. Your generosity was so kind. We know it will help many families in need of a little joy in their lives. Everything will be delivered by Wendy and Tera to Transition House Monday,Dec. 17.
We hope you will return with a friend next December 2013 when we host our second Ugly Sweater fun run for the kids of Transition House.
At FrameWork Cycle & Fitness, we’re very proud of the quality advertisements we create. Our ads are written and produced right here in Cape Breton, mostly in partnership with NewCap Radio and aired on 101.9 The Giant. Normally, we create new ads every year for the different seasons to keep things fresh and up-to-date with the products and services we offer. This year is a little different. One of our ads now has some special meaning for us…
We’re honoured to have had one of Cape Breton’s funniest talents featured as both protagonist and antagonist in one of our Christmas ads from 2011.
Best known for his role as General John Cabot Trail of the Cape Breton Liberation Army (CBLA,) Harley died in November after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
He performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, on TV with CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has been featured on CBC Radio’s Madly Off In All Directions, and took the stage of banquet halls and taverns throughout the Maritimes.
Harley was from Sydney Mines, where he had lived in recent years. He was in his early 60’s.
Now playing through the Christmas season on 101.9 The Giant.